A study on how digital radio can make and save big money
There are an increasing number of voices in the international radio industry calling for guidance on good practice, advice on implementation of digital radio and examples of financially viable business models. In light of this, WorldDMB commissioned research to address all of these factors.
The case for switching to digital radio has been made; the proof is evidenced by the successful business models seen around the world
The growth of the DAB family of standards and encouraging their adoption and roll-out remains at the forefront of my activities as President of WorldDMB. Adopted by over 40 countries, with thousands of models of DAB/ DAB+ and DMB receivers on the market and listened to by millions, the standards have become the choice for Europe and much of Asia Pacific.
Key focus areas for the Project Office in 2012
WorldDMB realises that our members are the most important assets in driving the global growth and adoption of the DAB family of standards. As a result, the Project Office have brought on board a new part-time Membership Manager, Rebecca Keene, who will be in touch with our members directly and will act as the main point of contact for all existing and new membership inquiries.
The growth and adoption of the DAB family of standards over the past few years has been extensive. The majority of the radio industry are keen proponents for bringing the medium of radio into the digital age. However, some hesitation still remains. Some commercial broadcasters in certain markets view the migration to digital radio as a threat. A fear of increased competition, and increased running costs, by some commercial broadcasters has led to certain countries’ efforts for digitalisation of radio being delayed.
The second phase of roll-out commences in Germany
The activities and processes observed by the German radio industry are setting a precedent for the key factors that are fundamental to a successful roll out of digital radio. The German market is a strong voice for pushing for a pan-European digital radio strategy. Germany continue to focus their efforts on key factors such as cross industry collaboration, marketing, providing new and high-quality content and most importantly, selling receivers to ensure a successful and healthy digital radio future.
The desire to discover more about digital radio and move to a digital platform by the majority of the French radio industry was evident at the Le Radio conference. Digital radio was firmly on the agenda and during the conference session dedicated to digital radio, Rachid Arhab confirmed the CSA’s request to the French Ministry of Industry to include DAB+ in the technical standard for France.
Poland DAB+ trial to be launched
National public broadcaster, Polskie Radio, together with four regional public radio stations (Radio Wroclaw, Radio Gdansk, Radio Poznan and Radio dla Ciebie), are preparing the launch of a DAB+ public multiplex. It is hoped that this will be broadcast in the four cities where the Euro 2012 football matches will be played – Warsaw, Wroclaw, Gdansk and Poznan.
Regulatory Spectrum Committee update on the battle of the frequencies
Today’s technologies are spectrum hungry, and with an increasing number vying for larger allocation of radio waves, the battle for the frequencies has intensified. The main reason for this is that only a small range of radio frequencies are suited for today’s mobile broadband technologies. Spectrum about 1 GHz allows wide radio channels, propagation on long distance and penetration into buildings, all with lower power, meaning lower costs or transmission
New Service Following specifications to be submitted to ETSI
Service Following allows cross-referencing to other modes of reception of the same programme, such as AM, FM, and other DAB ensembles. Receivers allowing this function will automatically switch to other modes of reception if the current one becomes unavailable (e.g. when leaving the coverage area)
In January, SRG SSR hosted an ‘Announcements Workshop’ to clarify the behaviour and functionality of DAB announcements.The announcement feature allows a listener to choose to be interrupted by short audio announcements of specific and relevant topics such as news, traffic and weather. This workshop reviewed three input documents and discussed the issues contained within them and other issues that developed during the day.
Asia Pacific Update
This year the activities of WorldDMB in the Asia Pacific region will be extensive, with the Project Office set to participate in a number of key industry events. At the beginning of March WorldDMB were Major Sponsors of the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium that took place in Kuala Lumpur from 6 -9 March.
Obituary: Vale Russell Stendell 1949 – 2012
Russell Stendell, Head of Technology & Digital Planning for ABC Radio, died on Friday 10 February. Russell had struggled with cancer over the past nine months.
WorldDMB continues work with the international automotive industry
The next European WorldDMB Car Manufacturer’s workshop which will be held in Germany in May 2012.
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